Lavinia Princess Broughton, esteemed Mother, and civil servant of the United States, died at her home in Niceville, Florida on July 5, 2014, at the age of 80. Her son J. Scott Broughton was at her side holding her as she looked at him one last time, closed her eyes and drew her last breath. Lavinia was born to the late Nettie Esther and Samuel Alston Broughton in her parents home on Broughton Road in Wellington, Ala. on October 16, 1933. Her nickname "Priss" by which many knew her, was bestowed upon her by the family doctor during a house call several years after her birth. Lavinia was a daddy's girl and loved to be in his shadow. One day around the age of six, spending time with her daddy as he worked in the garden, she said, "Daddy, teach me how to sweat" because she longed to be just like him. Lavinia graduated from Alexandria High School in 1952 and immediately went to work at the General Electric company, where she worked until the plant closed in 1963. Next, she worked at Central Photo before moving to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1967. She completed her education at Meadows-Draughon Business College before beginning her civil service career with the United States Air Force Reserve. She continued as a dedicated civil servant at Eglin Air Force Base after relocating to Niceville, Florida in May of 1978. Lavinia was a diligent worker and was never unemployed until her retirement at age 80 from Eglin Air Force Base on November 1, 2013. Lavinia is survived by her only child, J. Scott Broughton (Curtis Baldwin), grand cat, Salem, and two grand dogs, Winston and Lincoln, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers and their spouses, William H. Broughton (Cat) and Charles A. Broughton (Jimmie). The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mose Hayes of Sacred Heart Cancer Center who provided utmost compassion and care to Lavinia as she battled cancer. Thanks also to Amedisys Home Health and Emerald Coast Hospice who provided superior care and comfort to Lavinia during her final weeks at her home. Visitation will be from 12-1 p.m on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Anniston Memorial Funeral Home, 3865 U.S. Highway 431 N, Anniston, AL 36206 with funeral services to follow at 1 p.m.. Interment will follow at Anniston Memorial Gardens (adjacent to the funeral home). Lavinia and Scott would like to thank the Episcopal Church for their benevolent support. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Episcopal Community Services of Louisiana, Attention Elaine Clements, 1623 7th St, New Orleans, LA 70115. Anniston Memorial Funeral Home 3865 US Highway 431 N. Anniston, AL 36206 256-820-0024
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Anniston Memorial Funeral Home
3865 US Highway 431 North
Anniston, AL 36206
Published in The Anniston Star on July 8, 2014